SharePoint Online: How to Enable or Disable Subsite Creation?

Requirement: Disable subsite creation in SharePoint Online.

How to disable subsites in SharePoint Online?

The traditional information architecture in SharePoint site collections and subsites is site collections have a top-level site and may have a number of sub-sites underneath. However, the recent recommendation from Microsoft is to avoid subsites and create site collections for different segments of your business and group related sites with Hub sites if needed. This is because you can manage site features such as permissions, storage, Add-ons, services, sharing, etc., at the site collection level. So, it’s a good idea to restrict the subsite creation option at the tenant level. You can turn off subsite creation from the SharePoint Online Admin Center.

  • Login to SharePoint Online Admin Center >> Click on Settings
    disable subsites sharepoint online
  • On the settings page, under “Subsite creation” section, we’ve:    
    • Hide the Subsite command – Turning off SharePoint subsite creation on all sites
    • Show the Subsite command only for classic sites – Turning on SharePoint subsite creation only on Classic sites
    • Show the Subsite command for all sites – Turning on SharePoint subsite creation on all sites
      sharepoint online disable subsite creation

Select “Hide the subsite command” and then click on the “Save” button at the bottom of the page to commit your changes. This disables the “subsite” option from the site contents page. If you want to enable subsite creation in SharePoint Online, set this option to “Show the subsite command for all sites”.
sharepoint online turn off subsite creation

These changes could take some time to reflect. You can still group site collections using Hub Sites in SharePoint Online, allowing you to connect multiple sites in one manageable structure without using subsites.

In SharePoint On-premises environments, we can restrict subsite creation through: Manage Web Applications >> Select Web App >> User Permission >> Uncheck “Create Subsites”

And if the user tries to navigate to the URL to create a subsite directly, E.g.,, SharePoint Online displays an error message: “New subsites are not available for your organization. Create a new site instead.”

New subsites are not available for your organization. Create a new site instead.

Please note, this doesn’t stop Administrators from creating subsite through PowerShell! Here’s more info: How to create a Subsite Even If the subsites creation is disabled in SharePoint Online?

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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